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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 131, 2004 Lectures$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263518

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263518.001.0001

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Robert Graves and The White Goddess

Robert Graves and The White Goddess

Chatterton Lecture On Poetry

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(p.272) (p.273) Robert Graves and The White Goddess
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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 131, 2004 Lectures
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Fran Brearton

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263518.003.0010

This lecture discusses The White Goddess, a novel written by Robert Graves that was first published in May 1948. It is an intellectual and difficult book that has a toehold in many academic disciplines, including anthropology, literary studies, and Celtic studies. As an author, Graves has been described as the ‘bard’ of ‘an alternative society’ and as a ‘a unique figure in British literary life’. The lecture determines that The White Goddess can be both a help and a hindrance when it comes to looking at Graves' life and work. It also presents the literary techniques Graves used in the novel.

Keywords:   The White Goddess, Robert Graves, anthropology, literary studies, Celtic studies, literary techniques

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